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#1 cassandra_werth


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Posted 08 May 2006 - 07:29 PM

My lap top is doing wierd things. it will say that there was a hard error then it is dumping physical memory. Then I restart and the hard drive makes clicking noises. it will run normally sometimes and then start again. and it will say there is no operating system. all sorts of things. HELP!!! :thumbsup:

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#2 DaveM59


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Posted 08 May 2006 - 08:13 PM

Your diagnosis is correct. Clicking noises are a warning that your hard drive is failing. Stop using your computer for any routine work. Back up any vital data to another hard drive or CD or thumb drive.

Once the data is safe you can confirm that the drive is failing by running a piece of software that does a thorough check. Your PC manufacturer's manual or web support site should tell you what program you need. Each hard drive manufacturer has its own program for this.

The good news is that laptop hard drives can be replaced. Post back if you want to attempt this yourself. But please, please, do your data backup right away.

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 12:16 AM

Most manufacturers have a diagnostic program that you download to a floppy, and you then boot from that to run the diagnostic.

Just out of curiosity, when the computer runs the POST, does it tell you that the SMART is bad?

DaveM59 is right, back up all your important data, and think about things that are peripheral to operations like your address book, if the hdd quits before you back up all of your information there are some tricks that you can try, like putting the hdd in the freezer for a short amount of time.

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